Recovery Connections

John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, a 850-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992 when he had a year sober. He's in his 27th year of recovery.

In these posts, he views life mostly through the lenses of recovery. While the blog is factual, he sometimes disguises events and people to protect anonymity.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Gratitude Reminder

Today, while walking into my office, I encountered a man I've known for some time. We chatted briefly, then he pulled out his smart phone to show me some family pictures. Most of them were of his son and grandson, a handsome toddler.

As we chatted, it came out that the child possibly has cancer – a diagnosis that doctors may confirm in the next week.

As our conversation continued we reflected upon the inequities of life. Here we are, two addicts who abused ourselves for years. But we enjoy relatively good health. Yet this innocent child likely faces the challenges of a serious disease.

Encounters like this always refresh my gratitude. They remind me that no matter how challenging our day - we can find reminders that we have much for which to be grateful.

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